First identity cards issued to foreign nationals

For the first time, immigrants in Sheffield can enrol for identity cards 17 December 2008. ID cards containing facial image and fingerprints will securely lock foreign nationals to one identity and help businesses crack down on illegal working, announced the Home Secretary during a visit to Sheffield today.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said:
"What I have seen today demonstrates that we are successfully delivering two of our most important changes to the immigration system – ID cards for foreign nationals and the points system.

"ID cards will give employers a secure way of checking a migrant’s right to work and study in the UK and help people prove they are who they say are. The points system will ensure that only those we need – and no more – can come here to work.

At the UK Border Agency’s Vulcan House building, the Home Secretary met staff working on the new Australian-style points system for migrant workers.

"Staff at Vulcan House are leading the way in implementing what is the biggest shake-up to the immigration system for a generation – ensuring Britain has one of the fairest systems in the world."

The points system is the UK’s tough new measure for managing migration to the UK.

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